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5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash 2016 – Stamp Organization

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Based on your reaction to Monday’s post, I’d wager a guess that we all have some organizing to do. And isn’t it fun to get a peek into the minds of some of the most creative people out there? It’s like our own little reality show right here in blogland!

Today’s post is one that I’m sure you’ll love — neatly organizing your stamps. Let’s see how some of the members of the MFT Creative Team organize, label, and sort their stamp collection.

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PrintWhenever it’s time to organize, labeling everything is key. In an effort to make things easier for you, we have a SUPER handy resource available to you for FREE (yes, free!). Our stamp sets are organized in a downloadable PDF that is compatible with return address labels. You can find it HERE. Now you can take a lot of the grunt work out of getting organized. So COOL!

Let’s see what other great ideas the MFT Creative Team has to share!

Debbie stores her clear stamps in clear envelopes like the ones that you can find HERE. Many people wonder what to do with the larger sets that don’t fit in the envelope, but she simply leaves it open at the top to accommodate the taller sets.

She then creates a title sheet for each set using the logo and a screen shot. That way she can see at a glance all of the stamps in the set. You’ll notice that she also indicates whether the set has coordinating Die-namics on her title card. Coordinating Die-namics sets are stored in the envelope with the stamp set, so that she doesn’t have to search for them.

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Julie also prints out a graphic of the set to easily see everything. Her double labeling of this set indicates that the coordinating Die-namics is included in this envelope.

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Julie uses the same storage pockets that Debbie does, but her approach to the larger sets is different. For the larger stamp sets, she cuts her own acetate sheets to fit within the pockets. The stamps easily fit on the wider sheet. Julie also clips apart the coordinating Die-namics and puts them in one of our smaller clear pockets before slipping them behind the stamp set. You can buy them HERE.

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Once the stamp sets are all carefully stored in their plastic sleeves, you’ll want them to be easy to access and take up as little space as possible. Julie (as well as many of the other members of the Creative Team) stores her stamp sets in clear plastic bins made for food storage — they are the PERFECT solution for stamp storage. Thanks for the tip, Jennifer McGuire! As you can see, they are clear which makes for a streamlined look. You can buy them HERE.

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Karolyn uses the same concept for storing her stamp sets, and she uses music store dividers like these HERE to separate stamps by subject matter/category. What a cool idea! Within each category, the stamp sets are sorted alphabetically. She labels her stamps and the subject dividers using a label maker.

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Debbie uses pretty decorative dividers to give her stamp storage a style all its own. What a fun way to dress up something that could otherwise be simply utilitarian.

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Do you sometimes have a stack of favorite products that you want to have out on your table so that you can dive in with all of your creative ideas? Kimberly places hers in a shower basket that she found at Target. Great idea to always be on the lookout for things not related to crafting that would meet your organizational needs.

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If you want to store your background stamps separate from your clear stamps, we have a couple of good options for you to consider. Kimberly stores hers upright in a refrigerator bin and another basket that she found at Target.

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Julie labels her background stamps and places them in 6″ x 6″ page protectors like THESE.

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And then she places them alphabetically in a single wide refrigerator bin like this one.

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Good stuff, right? Now you’re ready with a whole lot of ideas to tame your stamp collection!

To make it even easier and more fun for you to pump up your stamp collection, we have this AWESOME deal to entice you! But don’t delay – it’s a one day only sale. Please note: This sale is good on in stock items only. No rain checks. Excludes brand new. Shop for Clear Stamps or Cling Red Rubber Stamps as well as Clear Pocket Storage.

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Here’s a look of some of the great stamps sets and backgrounds stamps that you can add to your stash! Click the pictures to be taken directly to the MFT store.

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Leave a comment below, and we’ll choose two randomly selected people to win a $50 gift certificate to the My Favorite Things boutique to stock up your stamp collection (or whatever you want!). All winners will be announced on Monday, February 15th, so make sure to check back to see if your name is on the list!

Before you go, be sure to stop by the blogs of these members of our Creative Team for more ideas of how to organize your stamps.

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Now, who wants to get organized?

Release Replay: February 2016

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Today our team is taking a fresh look at our most recent release with inspiring ideas and innovative takes on the complete collection. We love the opportunity to look at our products with fresh eyes, envisioning entirely new ways to showcase the possibilities they present. We can’t wait to share our ideas with you!

Handmade card from Torico featuring Out of This World #mftstamps

Magical birthdays deserve magical cards and Torico’s version is Out of This World cool. You’re probably mesmerized by the incredible rainbow trail she’s added to her rocket but for the real magic, be sure to click the photo to see just what this card can do.

Have you ventured into the world of interactive cards? Don’t be intimidated by them – they can be as simple as adding a basic pocket with a tabbed insert! Your recipient will be amazed by your talent and creativity.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Starry Night Background Builder #mftstamps

Our growing collection of Background Builders allows you to easily layer coordinating designs for multi-color backgrounds that shine. Stephanie’s card literally shines with the addition of the heat-embossed metallic stars she added with the clear stamp element of the combo.

When you have a beautiful background like the one Stephanie created, a lot of extra “stuff” isn’t necessary! Keep it simple to allow the pattern you spent so much time creating to really stand out.

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s replay.

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5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash 2016 – Ink Organization

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Craft room organization — it’s something that’s always changing and always evolving. Whether your space is mini, massive, or mobile, taming the stash is something we all work on. Suffice it to say, sometimes we spend more time organizing than actually creating!

Since we know that you’re always in search of ways to better store products and organize your area, we’re taking this week to give you tips and tricks and great ideas for making everything easily accessible, usable, AND pretty. Get ready for so many great ideas you’ll be excited to organize your space!

Each day this week we’ll be focusing on one portion of your crafty stash — from ink and stamps, to Die-namics, card stock, and stencils. And we’ll round out the week with a little peek into the craft spaces of a few MFT Designers. So buckle up and get ready to be inspired!

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In your never ending quest to find the PERFECT color, it’s likely that you’ve amassed a rather large collection of inks, and for the colors you love the most, you may have purchased refills as well to make sure that you never run out. But how do you organize everything to make the most of your collection AND find just the right color when you need it? Let’s take a look at a few great ideas from the MFT Creative Team.

One of the cardinal rules of organizing and storing ANYTHING is to properly label everything. You can see that Julie has labeled each color of ink that she stores in ink storage from Stamp-n-Storage. She also has a dot on top of her refills in the coordinating card stock color for easy identification. Very smart!

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The storage systems from Stamp-n-Storage come as bare wood, so Julie simply spray paints hers to match the furniture in the rest of her room.

Debbie has carefully labeled all of her inks by color, and she stores her pads upside down to keep them juicy. Looks like she started labeling right side up and then got the brilliant idea to have her labels upside down so that when the pad is upside down, the label will be right side up!

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Karolyn takes the guess work out of color by creating a chart with the ink colors so that she can easily choose the perfect shade for what she is going for. If you follow this link HERE you can download a handy dandy chart similar to Karolyn’s to do the same with your inks.

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Kimberly also stores her inks in a system from Stamp-n-Storage. You’ll notice that she uses the top of the unit for paintbrushes, markers, and colored pencils. When working in a small space, going UP is one of the best secret weapons to make the most of a space.

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Kimberly organizes her inks by type and by color (which is so pretty!). You could also organize by name as well. This particular unit includes a spot for refills. Very handy!

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If you don’t have a spot for your refills like Julie and Kimberly do, you can easily do what Karolyn does. In a well-labeled clear plastic box, you can store your refills and then simply stash them somewhere you can grab when you need them.

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You’ll notice the AZ/WA notation on the container. Karolyn splits her years between Arizona (in the winter) and Washington State, so it’s necessary for her supplies to be portable and packable. For many of us who aren’t able to dedicate an entire room to our creative pursuits, this type of storage is a fantastic solution.

When stamping with ink and stamps from My Favorite Things, it’s likely you’ll be tempted to color those images with markers, so we want to make sure to share some ideas for that. Julie’s robust marker collection is stored by color and type in Marker Nooks from Stamp-n-Storage. Again, the bare wood is easy to customize with spray paint to match your space. Imagine them in aqua or sunny yellow!

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Debbie keeps everything in reach along the wall in her craft space. Her inks are stored in some repurposed old QuicKutz cabinets. They don’t make these any more, so she’s not sure what she’s going to do when she runs out of space. Sometimes you can find the perfect storage solution by browsing second hand stores or even your attic or garage. You just never know what you might find that would work!

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To make it even easier and more fun for you to pump up your ink stash, we have this AWESOME deal to entice you! But don’t delay – it’s a one day only sale. Please note: This sale is good on in stock items only. No rain checks. Excludes brand new. Shop Premium Dye Inks, Hybrid Inks, and Pigment Inks.

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Here’s a look of some of the great inks and refills that you can add to your stash! Click the pictures to be taken directly to the MFT store.

PrintLeave a comment below, and we’ll choose two randomly selected people to win a $50 gift certificate to the My Favorite Things boutique to stock up your ink stash (or whatever you want!). All winners will be announced on Monday, February 15th, so make sure to check back to see if your name is on the list!

Before you go, be sure to stop by the blogs of these members of our Creative Team for more ideas of how to organize your inks.

DebbieJulieKarolynKimberly

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Now, who wants to get organized?

MFTv – Creating Paper Tassels

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Tassels as decor have always been a classic design element but executed in Peach Bellini and Spearmint, they’re trendy and current. Mixing in gold, in the form of two different card stock finishes as well as a heat-embossed sentiment, adds undeniable glamour. These tassels will make a beautiful addition to a variety of paper craft projects so be sure to watch the video to learn how Kimberly constructed them.

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring Fringe Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring Fringe Die-namics #mftstamps

Watch Kimberly’s process HERE or by playing the embedded video below.

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Product Spotlight: Stitched Rainbow

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky ladies have won $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Debbie’s blog: Renee VanEpps

from Jody’s blog: Denise Bryant

Congratulations to you both! Your Gift Vouchers will be emailed to you sometime later today, so keep an eye out. And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs. We appreciate you all!

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Time to take a trip back to re-visit one of our February Release products. This month, we’re taking a closer look at the Stitched Rainbow Die-namics. From primary, to pastel, to neon, to watercolor; full rainbows, to half rainbows, to round rainbows…our team has explored an endless variety of ways to incorporate this symbol of happiness and hope into their projects.

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Handmade card from Torico featuring Stitched Rainbow Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring Stitched Rainbow Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Stitched Rainbow Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Francine Vuilleme featuring Stitched Rainbow Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring Stitched Rainbow Die-namics #mftstamps

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Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Stitched Rainbow Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Francine Vuilleme featuring Stitched Rainbow Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring Stitched Rainbow Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Karin Åkesdotter featuring Stitched Rainbow Die-namics #mftstamps

There are so many ways to put the Stitched Rainbow Die-namics to use in your own crafting. We really want to see what you create with it so make sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media sharing so we can be inspired by your beautiful work!

Chicken In with Amy

Please join me in welcoming Amy Tsuruta to the blog this month! She’ll be sharing some super cute projects including a few featuring our February Release.

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The new Farm-tastic set is filled with such cute images and fun sentiments that I wanted to capture as many as possible in my design. The animals are the perfect size to pop out from the circles I created! Don’t the punny sentiments make you smile?!!

It's your birthday by Amy Tsuruta for MFT

My second card, at a petite 4″ x 3 1/2″ size, packs a punch.  The Wool Ewe Be Mine Valentine’s Day card features contrasting colors and that sweet ewe. She’s been adhere down the center of the die cut so her sides curl up slightly for added dimension.

Wool Ewe Be Mine by Amy Tsuruta for MFT


Feeling the love for Amy’s animal centered looks? Why not corral some of your own for your next project! Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share on social media so we can see what you’re creating – maybe you’ll be spotted!

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MFTv – Water Resist with Background Stamps

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The new Starry Night Background Builder is perfect for creating a stunning backdrop for your cards. This week, learn how Kimberly created that beautiful variegated look with the most basic of crafting tools: water. Grab a selection of dye inks, your favorite background stamp, and watch below to learn how to replicate ether look yourself!

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Watch Kimberly’s process HERE or by playing the embedded video below.

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It’s Time to Shop for the NEW February Products

You’ve been waiting an entire week to take home the latest Die-namics, stamp sets, stencils, inks, and papers. Now it’s finally time to make them yours!

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring Out of This World #mftstamps

All of our February release products are available HERE in the MFT Boutique. Scroll to the end to see how YOU can win one of 2, $100 Gift Vouchers as part of tonight’s New Product Launch celebration!

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In addition to your favorite products, we also help you save money on every order.  We offer 3 Ways to Save with every purchase.

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1. Our Free with $60 Die-namics set is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax).

2. You’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail USA order over $75.

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3. Our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up to a savings of 20% on orders over $500. That can add up, so be sure to take advantage!

My Favorite Things is your home for great products, great service, and great savings.

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring Farm-tastic #mftstamps

We’re so thankful for all of the inspiration our team has provided over the past week. They have another shot of inspiration to help inspire you and narrow down your shopping list to your must-have items. Visit each of their February Product Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, February 4 for your chance to WIN one of two, $100 Gift Vouchers. The winners will be chosen at random and the prizes will be sent out on February 5. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

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It’s Reveal Day – Don’t Be Late!

It’s almost time! Set your alarm to 10:00 PM EST, and don’t be late for our big reveal! All of the stamp sets, Die-namics, stencils, inks, and papers we’ve been showing off over the past week will be available for purchase HERE in the MFT Boutique.

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Another release, another fabulous class PDF and Youtube playlist featuring every single class project. Whether you prefer printed directions or are a more visual learner, we’ve got you covered. I know you’ll be as inspired by our team as we are. Download the February Class PDF HERE or check out our playlist HERE.

We want to make your shopping experience fun – not stressful, so we’ve created THIS shopping list that you can print out and check off as you fill your cart!

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One of the most important parts of shopping is saving. We offer you 3 ways to save with every purchase:

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Our Free with $60 Die-namics set is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax).

You’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail USA order over $75.

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And if you needed another reason to shop MFT, our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up, up, up to a savings of 20% on orders over $500.

My Favorite Things is your home for great products, great service, and great savings.

You can look at every new product in our February release, for sale TONIGHT at 10 PM EST, below. Click on any of the individual graphics to view a bigger picture, and hover over the picture with your cursor to view the product name.

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Now it’s time to announce the randomly selected winners of our February Release Countdown prizes! Thanks to all of you who took the time to leave a comment during the countdown! Five lucky stampers will win a $75 Prize to use in the MFT Boutique! Prizes will be sent directly to the winners’ email accounts tomorrow.

Countdown Day Five Winner: Sharon Jones – Comment #84

Countdown Day Four Winner: Olga V. – Comment #601

Countdown Day Three Winner: Sue D – Comment #327

Countdown Day Two Winner: Pai Meng – Comment #419

Countdown Day One Winner: Jackie – Comment #193

Congratulations to all the winners!

The Day is Finally Here! Our February Release is So Close!

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We’ve reached the final day of the countdown and we still have so much more to share. You’ll be able to shop for all of the new February Release products TONIGHT, February 2, at 10 PM EST.

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on February 2. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and all winners will be announced at 8:30 PM EST on February 2 on the MFT Blog.

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LARGE DESERT BOUQUET

The Large Desert Bouquet stamp set is the perfect complement to our previously released Desert Bouquet set featuring larger versions of the flower images. Pair the two for a lush scene of desert flora. An assortment of flower centers and leaf options allow you to create patterns and accents, too.

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See more of the Large Desert Bouquet stamp set and Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring Large Desert Bouquet #mftstamps

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This Die-namics coordinates with the previously released Desert Bouquet stamp set for perfectly sized die cuts every time.

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See more of the Desert Bouquet Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

RAINBOW OF HAPPINESS

Nothing’s more magical than a rainbow filling the sky with magnificent color. Create colorful cards full of happiness and promise with this set of sentiments. A variety of phrases can be paired with the larger script words for birthday, thank you, and encouragement cards. This set is a perfect complement to the Color the Rainbow and Stitched Rainbow Die-namics.

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See more of the Rainbow of Happiness stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

STITCHED RAINBOW

Spread a wealth of magical hues on your projects and add an extra special touch with this single piece Stitched Rainbow Die-namics. This design cuts six bands of color that will nestle together perfectly. Use this design with our Rainbow of Happiness stamp set and Color the Rainbow Die-namics to create vibrant and creative projects!

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See more of the Stitched Rainbow Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Rainbow of Happiness stamp set and Stitched Rainbow Die-namics #mftstamps

COLOR THE RAINBOW

Our Free with $60 item this month is the Color the Rainbow Die-namics. These Die-namics perfectly pair with the Rainbow of Happiness stamp set to create sentiments that boast dimension and contrast. Choose from a playful script or a clean and simple sans serif font. These dies are not intended to die cut the corresponding words in the stamp set but rather, to replace them as you build your colorful sentiments.

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See more of the Color the Rainbow Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Francine Vuilleme featuring Color the Rainbow Die-namics #mftstamps

Did anything in our February release catch your eye? Now is the time to take a few minutes to print out the handy shopping list and make note of your must-have items.

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It’s the last day of our countdown but our Design Team is still crafting inspiring new projects! Keep on clicking to see how they’ve wound things up on this final day.

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